A local golfer is ready to make his family, friends, and community proud next month when he heads to two championships. Hunter Stephenson, who is only 14, will represent Equinelle Golf Course at the U15 Boy’s Championship at Trafalgar Golf and Country Club in Milton on August 2 and 3. He has also qualified for the U17 Provincial Boy’s Championship being held at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course in Lansdowne on August 23, 24, and 25.
“Hunter started playing tournaments in 2020, when COVID shut down most sports,” said his mother, Nancy Brunton. “He switched from soccer to golf. He is going into grade 10 at North Grenville District High School and is a member at Equinelle Golf Club.”
Nancy reported that Hunter has had a successful season so far. He won two tournaments on the Play Junior Golf Tour and was leading the tour standings for the Bantam boys as of the time of writing. He also won the Silver medal at the Ottawa Valley Golf Association U15 City and District tournament held on July 3 and 4.
Hunter’s coach is his uncle Henry Brunton, who was raised in Kemptville and was inducted into the Kemptville and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Hunter is proud of his accomplishments thus far. “I feel satisfied that all my hard work is starting to pay off,” he told the Times. “I am looking forward to the experience and opportunity to meet new golfers.”
As a sport, golf reportedly surged in popularity during the most impactful months of the COVID-19 pandemic, likely because it was considered to be one of the lowest-risk sports. The sport is played outdoors, alone or in small groups, and there is little need to come into close contact with other people or equipment that is handled by others.
Best of luck at the tournaments, Hunter!